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lay

1
a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition

lay

2
of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy

lay

3
1. a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
2. a song or melody

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(design engineering)
The direction, length, or angle of twist of the strands in a rope or cable.
(metallurgy)
The direction of the prevailing surface pattern on a piece of metal after grinding, cutting, lapping, or other processing.
(mining engineering)
A share of profit.
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There was a little gray in the sky now; so I stepped into the woods, and laid down for a nap before break- fast.
If, when I tell you, dearest dear, that your agony is over, and that I have come here to take you from it, and that we go to England to be at peace and at rest, I cause you to think of your useful life laid waste, and of our native France so wicked to you, weep for it, weep for it
Then, as the darkness closed in, the daughter laid her head down on the hard ground close at the father's side, and watched him.
Yet there were in the duke such boldness and ability, and he knew so well how men are to be won or lost, and so firm were the foundations which in so short a time he had laid, that if he had not had those armies on his back, or if he had been in good health, he would have overcome all difficulties.
Do not smooth this mortar down - it needs to have a rough surface so that the brick can be laid.
GreenFields Sports Turf Systems had pointed faults in the field on which the astro-turf was to be laid which needs to be rectified.
The husband laid into the woman, but she was lucky not to be laid
Harsimrat on February 21 laid as many as 27 stones of which 10 were related to upgrading of schools.
If we do this we will be making the world a better place, and making worthwhile the sacrifice of those who have laid down their life for us.
2 : to bring down (as with force) <Crops were laid flat by the wind.
The best time for laying is spring and autumn but, provided there isn't a drought, it can be laid any time during the summer.